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Back to School: Be Aware of the Dangers of Drowsy Driving

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San Jose, CA car accident lawyer drowsy drivingWith school back in session after summer vacation, students will face the struggle of balancing busy schedules, while parents face the pressure of getting children to classes on time. These changes and the increase in activity can take a toll on your energy levels and sleep schedule, leaving you groggy and tired throughout the day. Unfortunately, this makes car accidents more likely to occur. In fact, being tired can impact your driving abilities in much the same way as alcohol does, leaving you susceptible to serious injuries. 

The Impact of Drowsy Driving

For high school and college students, balancing work, school, studying, and a social life is physically demanding. For parents of young children, keeping up with morning routines, such as gathering lunches and homework while rushing to get kids to school on time, can leave them tired and yawning midway through the afternoon. While it is easy to downplay the effect lack of sleep has on driving ability, the fact is that the toll it takes is significant. 

According to reports from the American Automobile Association (AAA), driving on less than the recommended eight hours of sleep each night can be similar to driving under the influence of several alcoholic drinks. Staying awake for more than 18 hours in a row can mimic the effects of driving with a blood alcohol content (BAC) level of .08%, which is over the legal limit. Being tired impacts your body in many of the same ways as alcohol, putting you and others on the road at risk. The effects of drowsy driving typically include:

  • Watery eyes and vision disturbances, such as blurred vision or seeing double
  • Increased likelihood of being distracted
  • Lack of coordination
  • Reduced reaction times
  • Poor judgment, making it less likely you will notice how being tired affects you behind the wheel

Preventing Drowsy Driving Car Accidents

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), drowsy driving is a factor in an estimated 10 percent of all car accidents. An alarming one out of every 25 drivers admits to falling asleep briefly behind the wheel at some point over the past 30 days. It is a common myth to think that one can adjust to busier schedules and maintain long periods of being awake by drinking coffee, listening to loud music, or getting fresh air. However, the fact is, the only way to reduce your risks is by taking a short nap when fatigue strikes during the day and making it a point to get enough sleep on a regular basis. 

Reach Out to a Personal Injury Lawyer for Help

If you were injured in a car accident that was caused by a drowsy driver, the Jachimowicz Law Group can provide the legal guidance you need in seeking compensation. We conduct thorough car accident investigations, determining the underlying causes to ensure that at-fault drivers can be held accountable. To request a free consultation to discuss your case and learn how we can assist you, contact our experienced San Jose car accident attorneys by calling 408-246-5500 today. 









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